Much has been said of the different phases or stages of a woman’s life and no matter what stage you are in, this blog post will speak to you about your own investment in the future women’s leaders. Guest blogger author and women's leader Martha Lawley will challenge you to consider whether or not you are going to seed! Much has been said of the different phases or stages of a woman’s life. When … [Read more...]

I recently read a blog post that made me think we were still back in the 1980’s, or at least some of our ministries with women are.  Women have been increasingly in the workplace since before then so I am wondering at the reference in this post to this being a new issue. And the comment, “Women’s ministry either is on the decline or has a PR problem—or both,” made me wonder why then are there … [Read more...]

Perhaps you have planned events for women and not always known why, except that it's what has always been done. Maybe you once had a strong attendance but now it has dwindled. Do you ever wonder if it’s even worth it?  Today’s blog post is by one of our LifeWay staff event coordinators, Betsy Langmade. I'm an events girl and if I'm guessing right, you probably are too. We girls start young by … [Read more...]

Why is it our churches still struggle with how to get women to mentor other women? Seems a topic at each leadership training we host!  But read how Lorie Looney Keene is being mentored in the daily-ness of life. This makes it so doable! Encourage your women to watch for these daily opportunities to make a difference in the life of a woman. As a seminary student and later as a seminary … [Read more...]

We can hardly get past Christmas before stores put out Valentine's Day cards and decorations. As women, it seems like we're put in one of two categories: you either have a Valentine or you don't. For those of us who are single, it can be a challenging time of year! In churches, we often offer a couple's dinner or a daddy daughter dance, but single women aren't always acknowledged. It's more than … [Read more...]

I just moved to Nashville in September and I still feel like I’m getting settled. The last few months have been spent visiting various churches, and it’s a difficult process. I’m 28 and single, so I visited quite a few churches by myself. Even though I'm a pastor's kid and have been in church my whole life, it doesn't make the process of finding a new church any easier. After several months of … [Read more...]

I am often asked about church size issues regarding starting a women’s ministry. Teaching the basics of women’s ministry more times than I could possibly count, I always share that there is not a formula or one-size-fits-all plan for women’s ministry. What we teach is a process, not a program. If you ever have had a chance to attend our YOULead training, you have had an opportunity to attend … [Read more...]

Recently at a YOU Lead women’s leadership training, we had a panel of leaders answering questions submitted by attendees. Several past and upcoming posts address those and try to help answer them. Today’s question:  In a small church, how to you balance breaking down the generational barriers and providing opportunities to connect for specific groups like moms groups and widows … [Read more...]

If you have taken women to a life-changing event such as Living Proof Live, or perhaps provided a retreat experience that was a spiritual marker for women, how can you follow up and share those changes not only with the women who attended, but as an encouragement to other women who didn’t attend?  Oftentimes, as soon as we complete one transformational event for women, we are on to the next thing … [Read more...]

Recently at a YOU Lead women’s leadership training, we had a panel of leaders answering questions submitted by attendees. Several past and upcoming posts address those and try to help answer them. Today’s question:  In my church there is a big resistance to new classes and programs, and to an untried approach to serving women. This group of older women is threatened by the enthusiasm of the … [Read more...]